The Apple Watch Series 3 isn't off to a good start

Posted September 21, 2017

While Apple has done extensive hardware and software testing before rolling out its new products, reviewers have found a serious problem with the way the Apple Watch Series 3 handles Wi-Fi connectivity, The Verge reports. Goode reported that her the problem persisted even after Apple shipped another model for review, the device proceeded to connect to Wi-Fi networks instead of LTE.

When Apple announced its newest Apple Watch Series 3 earlier this month, the Cupertino giant made it clear that it wants its users to depend less on the iPhone when sporting the wearable. Apple released a statement on this noting that "We have discovered that when Apple Watch Series 3 joins unauthenticated Wi-Fi networks without connectivity, it may at times prevent the watch from using cellular".

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At $400, the cellular version of the Apple Watch 3 is pricey - $70 more than the non-cellular version. If you use Global Positioning System on your new Apple Watch or the headline feature - making calls - the battery takes a real hit.

To work around it, users can get their phone to "forget" the network. Additionally, the spokesperson stated that Apple is working on a fix.

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The iPhone X was one of three new iPhone models unveiled at the first event at Apple's new "spaceship" campus. And all of my testing of phone calls on the watch took place mid-day on busy city streets - full of traffic and pedestrians - here in Philadelphia.

When that fix might arrive is anyone's guess, but the problem - noticed by outlets like The Verge and the Wall Street Journal - manifests as intermittent cellular connectivity.

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"The Apple Watch Series 3 is a decent smartwatch, especially for athletes, as long as you're willing to accept some of the tradeoffs (battery life for compact form factor, Apple's own apps vs. third-party offerings)", Nguyen wrote.